part of speech: verb
pronunciation: ihks kyuz
inflections: excuses, excusing, excused
definition 1: to forgive or pardon.
- Please excuse me for stepping on your foot.
synonyms: forgive, overlook
definition 2: to be the reason or cause for; serve as an explanation for.
- The fact that my sister is just a baby excuses her pulling the dog’s tail.
definition 3: to let go from duty or obligation.The government excused him from the army.
synonyms: exempt, let off, release
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: ihks kyus
definition 1: a reason offered to explain, or ask for pardon for, a fault.
- My excuse for being late is that I missed the bus.
synonyms: alibi, defense, explanation
definition 2: a reason or explanation used to escape blame.
- She is always making up excuses for not doing her homework.
derivations: excusable (adj.), excusably (adv.), excuser (n.)